CLEP Humanities : Identifying Titles, Authors, or Schools of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

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Example Question #62 : Fiction

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court were all written by __________.

Possible Answers:

William Faulkner

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Mark Twain

James Fenimore Cooper

Charles Dickens

Correct answer:

Mark Twain

Explanation:

Born Samuel Clemens in Missouri in 1835, Mark Twain gained prominence in American literary circles after the Civil War for his novels about the frontier in America, notably the connected works The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his later career, Twain moved to historical fiction with works like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Prince and the Pauper.

Example Question #26 : Identifying Titles, Authors, Or Schools Of Fiction

Who was the author of fairy tales who included "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Emperor's New Clothes" in his collection of stories?

Possible Answers:

Knut Hamsun

Soren Kierkegaard

Hans Christian Andersen

August Strindberg

Henrik Ibsen

Correct answer:

Hans Christian Andersen

Explanation:

The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen first gained widespread fame for his collection Fairy Tales Told for Children, published in 1837. Among the tales included were "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Emperor's New Clothes," all of which were largely Andersen's creation.

Example Question #63 : Fiction

Which of the following is NOT a novel by Charles Dickens?

Possible Answers:

David Copperfield

Bleak House

Middlemarch

Oliver Twist

Nicholas Nickleby

Correct answer:

Middlemarch

Explanation:

Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known, well-respected, and prolific authors of the Victorian era in England. However, he had many contemporaries who wrote books nearly as popular as his own. Among these contemporaries is George Eliot, the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, who wrote the lengthy novel Middlemarch.

Example Question #64 : Fiction

Herman Melville wrote all of the following novels or novellas except __________.

Possible Answers:

"Billy Budd"

Typee

"Bartleby, The Scrivener"

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

The Scarlet Letter

Correct answer:

The Scarlet Letter

Explanation:

Herman Melville was an American author from the middle of the nineteenth century, who was well known for writing books about sailing and maritime themes. His most famous works include Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Billy Budd, Typee, and Bartleby, The Scrivener. The Scarlet Letter, a work of historical fiction about Puritan-era Massachusetts, was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Example Question #65 : Fiction

Who is the author of the short stories "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

Possible Answers:

Mary Shelley

Edgar Allen Poe

Charles Dickens

Percy Bysshe Shelley

William Faulkner

Correct answer:

Edgar Allen Poe

Explanation:

Edgar Allen Poe gained fame in the first half of the nineteenth century for using a variety of forms and styles in his literary works. He became famous for a particular blend of horror in his stories, which are all exemplified in the murder story "The Cask of Amontillado," the detective story "The Mystery of Marie Roget," and the supernatural horror story "The Fall of the House of Usher."

Example Question #66 : Fiction

The novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame were written by __________.

Possible Answers:

Charles Baudelaire

Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Rimbaud

Jules Verne

Victor Hugo

Correct answer:

Victor Hugo

Explanation:

Victor Hugo was well known as a poet, essayist, and dramatist, as well as an author of fiction. Hugo's novels often covered a wide range of years, and dealt with grand political and social themes, which has made them well-known and well-loved. Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame have both been adapted to many different formats, from plays to films to animation.

Example Question #67 : Fiction

The author of the play The Importance of Being Earnest, the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the lengthy poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol was __________.

Possible Answers:

Jane Austen

Charlotte Bronte

George Eliot

Charles Dickens

Oscar Wilde

Correct answer:

Oscar Wilde

Explanation:

Oscar Wilde was the literary sensation of 1890s European society, an Irishman who wrote in English and French. Wilde was most well known as a playwright, with his 1895 work The Importance of Being Earnest considered his masterpiece. Previously, though, Wilde wrote the 1890 bestselling novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and after spending time in prison on morals charges, wrote the long poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol in 1898.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Titles, Authors, Or Schools Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

Which of the following books was not written by Jane Austen?

Possible Answers:

Northanger Abbey

Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility

Emma

Jane Eyre

Correct answer:

Jane Eyre

Explanation:

Jane Austen was England's most popular and influential novelist in the early part of the nineteenth century. Her stories focused on romantic intrigue and also commented on social mores, women's status, and society. In a similar vein, but written years after Austen's death and more in the Gothic tradition, was Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel Jane Eyre.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Titles, Authors, Or Schools Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

Who wrote the novel Frankenstein?

Possible Answers:

Mary Shelley

Edward Saïd

Jane Austen

Oscar Wilde

Lord Byron

Correct answer:

Mary Shelley

Explanation:

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1818.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Titles, Authors, Or Schools Of Nineteenth Century Fiction

Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma were written by which author?

Possible Answers:

Ernest Hemingway

Mary Shelley

Jane Austen

Oscar Wilde

Mary Wollstonecraft

Correct answer:

Jane Austen

Explanation:

Jane Austen is the author of these novels.

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